Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Cabin, Easter, and the Science Center

When I tell you that we're loving this weather, I mean it. We're loving this weather. It just makes me want to get out and live life to the fullest. It even helped us decide to ixnay the ablecay. It was a really hard decision, I mean, what about the Real Housewives? I love that show. But, we made the decision and the dude came to take our cable box away yesterday, and I felt really excited to be "freed" from my shows. Um, the thing is, the cable never got turned off. I'm not happy. I decided to take the plunge and now the lazy dudes don't want to climb the pole. I'm not sure I'll ever have the guts to make this decision again, but they're making the decision for me, and Real Housewives it is!

So, yes, this weather has inspired us to get up off of our butts and suck the marrow out of life (if you consider cleaning until late and going to the Seattle Center marrow). We even got new phones (the new Blackberry Curve 8900--sweet!), recently a girl from class guffawed when she saw my phone and asked me "what is that dinosaur??" Clearly, she is much younger than me and is unaware of what real dinosaur cell phones look like (can you say 4inch long, think, rubber antenna--we even had one that came in a case and had to be unzipped). But, I've gone through 4 phones since I've had Maizey because they are the only way to keep her still during a diaper change, so I was due for a new one. Anyway, not all of my contacts were saved to my SIM, so don't think I'm lying if I suddenly don't have your phone number! :-)

Last weekend Maizey and I joined my parents and sissy in Tahuya. We had a good time, aside from all the drama, which is kind of par for the course (a lot of people in a relatively small area and 3 moody people plus my sweet mom and baby equal chaos). I did a lot of relaxing and no studying, also par for the course. The best part about the whole experience was that Thursday night, on the way down, Maizey and I stopped and had a layover at my parents house. They took us to dinner at Red Robin and, out of no where, Maizey started dancing! It was the first time I'd ever seen her even bop, and she was full on dancing. It was hysterical and adorable, and probably my favorite milestone after the first smile. It must have been all the excitement of her first balloon and seeing Red in person.
All excited to be at Red Robin, check out her first balloon--the string anyway.

She wasn't exactly scared of Red, but she was constantly aware of him. This is her tracking him as he passed.

Maizey knows exactly what you do when you get to the cabin!

In a trance in auntie's arms. Why, yes! That is a 13in tube TV in the background, it will be available shortly if you want it!!

Grammy and Maizey having a moment.

They don't call her crazy Maizey for nothin'!!!

Then, Sunday we went to Ryan's parent's house for dinner, where Maizey had her first Easter egg hunt! I didn't really think that she'd even care, but she was totally into. This girl is constantly amazing me! We had a great dinner and Jan sent us home with so much candy it was ridiculous. And, it's not just any candy--it's British candy, the best you can get. Cadbury's everything, and smarties, and Jelly Tots. Oh my god, seriously, I had candy for breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. It was insane and I'm glad that we've eaten almost all of it so that it is out of the house!!!

This was the very beginning of the Easter egg hunt. She's totally into it!

She was on the hunt!

The eggs had puffs in them and she would shake them like rattles.

Action shot!

Playing with daddy.

Look at that cute baby. As for the adults, Ryan and I think this will make a perfect "before" shot.

This is seriously the best picture of Maizey and I from Easter. Ryan can engineer anything, but the focus on a point and shoot camera is confounding. I don't get it.

Being silly in her Jane Fonda head gear.

These series of shots took place in a second, this new camera kicks ass. I love this interaction between daddy and baby. Sweet.

I spent all day trying to capture her dancing. This is the best I could do. The girl has rhythm. Enjoy.

Lastly, Maize and I had the distinct pleasure of joining Bethie and Harper at the Pacific Science Center. It was a blast, but surprisingly ghetto. The whole place smelled like a 1970s movie theater, except the bathroom and the parking garage--which smelled like the stinkiest urine ever. The dinosaurs, the water area, and the butterflies were Maizey's favorites. I enjoyed Fun Forrest and the Center House, it brought me back to my childhood. I would like to take a trip to the Fun Forrest again when they are operating all the rides, but I gotta say, the caliber of people that they have in charge of operating the rides is a little/a lottle discouraging. It's just really fun to spend the day with Beth and baby, it's like one of those perfect mom days you dream about having when you are imagining your adult life.

Hey Maizey! Don't turn around!

Uh, it's just an over sized kitty.

They had little dino terrariums for the littlest people to see.
She crawled from one to the next.

I think it's funny, and kinda weird, that these large animals (eating the flesh of another animal in this exhibit) didn't bother Maizey.
In her apron, ready to get wet!
The girls!

See what I mean?

She is getting so big!

The girls, surrounded by the cleanest mirrors I've ever seen.

Mama and Harper.
Butterflies!So much to see!
I heart her. I love this photo!
And this one!The sweetest baby face I've ever seen.
We know where she gets her squishy cheeks from!
Bye Butterflies! I think these are cool photos...One last stop!
Tired and ready to hit the road!

Just FYI, I think it took me almost 2 hours to do this post. This is why I hate blogging, the formatting alone is what takes the most time. It's a nightmare, but I do it for you fine people. It's 11pm!??? I gotta go.


e$ said...

you know how much i love it...

Mo said...

Thanks for the post Lana- we definitely appreciate them! I use Picasa and just send out pictures and captions since I don't have a blog. It's a quicker way to do it, but definitely not as informative. You're a great writer so it's always fun to read your updates- keep it up!

Barb said...

it is a really special time and I am glad you have it to share with Bethie and Harper. Thanks for taking the time to blog , I know it takes a long time but we love it and am sadly disappointed when nothing appears for a long time along with the rest of the world I am sure. The pictures are so cute and that Harper is really growing up. I hope to get to see her this weekend. Maisey my special little grandbaby. I love her and am so thankful she is in my life. it is a pleasure. grammy g

Queenneenee said...

Your baby girl is growing soooo fast. She is just precious. That looked like a mighty fun day! You're a great momma!

Beth Zarling said...

YOu look fine. Stop with the before photos stuff. Although I found quite a few of those myself from the PSC. That day was an ideal (in other words TV or imaginary) mommy day.
The easter hunt stuff was great.

Troy and Ashley said...

Hi Lana - I'm not sure if you remember me but we went to high school together. I found your blog through Meghan's and I have to say your little girl is so cute. I have enjoyed reading your post's as your sense of humor about everything is so great.